Audi newsletter 2008-04-06

Audi TDI Power wins again in St Petersburg ALMS: Audi celebrated the first victory of the 2008 season with the Audi R10 TDI at the thrilling second round of the American Le Mans Series in St Petersburg (US state of Florida). Lucas Luhr, who...

Audi TDI Power wins again in St Petersburg

ALMS: Audi celebrated the first victory of the 2008 season with the Audi R10 TDI at the thrilling second round of the American Le Mans Series in St Petersburg (US state of Florida). Lucas Luhr, who shares the cockpit with Marco Werner, won with a 0.818-second margin after taking the lead again from Porsche driver Romain Dumas in the last three laps of the race. It was the 14th overall victory of the diesel-powered sportscar and the first overall win clinched by Lucas Luhr in the series. Last year, Audi had won the city street race in St Petersburg as well. The second R10 TDI retired following a collision.

Audi takes Le Mans Series lead

LMS: Less than 24 hours after its victory in St Petersburg Audi clinched another podium result with its R10 TDI sportscar: the two Audi youngsters Alexandre Premat and Mike Rockenfeller finished the 1000-kilometre race at Barcelona (Spain), which marked the debut of Audi Sport Team Joest in the European Le Mans Series, in second place overall following a flawless drive. Dindo Capello and Allan McNish finished fifth with the second R10 TDI despite losing six laps due to a broken alternator belt. After the first race, Audi is leading the Manufacturers' Championship of the Le Mans Series with twelve points.

Audi A4 DTM thrills 200,000 fans in Dusseldorf

DTM: The DTM started to its new season with a spectacular show: in front of approximately 200,000 spectators lining Dusseldorf's Konigsallee the Audi drivers around title defender Mattias Ekstrom presented themselves and their cars to the fans. Perfect weather, demo laps, pit stops, interviews and countless autographs enthralled the audience. Things will really get serious for the first time for the Audi A4 DTM next weekend at the first race at Hockenheim.

Audi quickest at Oschersleben as well

DTM: Audi set the pace as well at the second and last official ITR test before the start to the 2008 DTM season. At the Motorsportarena Oschersleben an Audi driver was running at the front of the field on all three days. The quickest driver on Monday was title defender Mattias Ekstrom in the new Audi A4 DTM. On Tuesday his team-mate Timo Scheider managed setting the absolute best time at 1m 21.644s. On the third day Mike Rockenfeller in a 2007-spec A4 was the front runner in changing weather conditions.

Coming up next week

DTM press conference with defending Champion Mattias Ekstrom at Hockenheim (Tuesday) ... First race of the DTM at Hockenheim (Sunday) ...

-credit: audi.com

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Series ALMS , DTM , European Le Mans
Drivers Allan McNish , Lucas Luhr , Timo Scheider , Mattias Ekström , Marco Werner , Romain Dumas , Alexandre Prémat , Mike Rockenfeller , Dindo Capello
Teams Audi Sport Team Joest